#libraryfinds Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. Ransom Riggs #bookreview



First of all, there’s so much to love about this book! I read it in one sitting. I love the photographs that are included, especially of the children, strange, and haunting photographs, which in an interview with the author included in the back of the book Riggs says were a part of the writing process,

‘ultimately the photos and the story influenced each other,’

I like the island setting, the time travel, the changeling elements of the peculiar children, and the historical backdrop against World War Two too. The story of Jacob’s grandfather, and Emma, the romance that couldn’t be, I found to be a touching part of the story.

The story itself was thin on the ground. There were parts that could have been extended, or written better. The rush of detail, threat, and action towards the end of the book was dizzying, but overall the feel of the story, the world(s) Riggs created, was enthralling.


A Year of Poetry 

Packingtown Review “Volume Eight” Poem Scrap

Spillwords Press Poems Human Shield Seesaw Comparewhatweachlost.com Spot the Difference Grenfrell & Anybody Would   

Ghost City press review The February Issue 

Horror Sleaze Trash Misogyny Mattress Springs That Word & Wooden Lust 

Foxglove Journal Three poems The Blank Page Picture This 

Vending machine press Please Leave a Message Relation Click & Sphere 

The Squawk Back Poem Slow Clap 

Literary Yard Poems Poetry, the Air I breathe Love of my Life I’ve been so Creative 

Glove zine Poem GB in Issue Two

The Beautiful Space Poem Fear Cycle 

Tuck Magazine Poems Green & Sunday Morning 

Selcouth Station Poems Film Noir These Wounds & (x) 

Madswirl Poem Darling

Peeking Cat Poetry magazine anthology a Poem Can We

Your One Phone Call Poems Howl Smash the Reality Hotel & Apology

In between Hangovers Poems Vacuum Glass Half Full Mind the Gap & Censor

Anti-Heroin Chic Poems Camden, Vodka, Whiskey, Rum, Wine, and Beer, & Sore. 

I Self-Published a number of chapbooks, including Here comes the Sun, a chapbook of Travel poetry. 

In 2017 I had poetry published in some incredible places that I never thought would accept my writing, only in my wildest dreams! I want to thank all of the editors for the work they do on their magazines, blogs, zines, etc. And for publishing a little part of me. I also want to thank the wonderful people at CWP collective press for publishing Hotel Life. It’s amazing when an editor wants to publish one of your poems, and when a press actually accepts a full manuscript that’s even more exciting, that people want to help with editing, formatting, designing your book cover, and marketing your book. I still have copies of Hotel Life, if you might like to buy a copy. I’m selling them for five pounds, which includes postage. PayPal me the money with your address, and I will get a copy sent out this week.


Thanks for reading, supporting this blog, and here’s to more success in 2018. Let me know if you have any favourites here. Let me know what you achieved in 2017. 

Some book related links and New Releases. Mentions @danecobain @heisawolf & @kenyon_isabelle

Image by CommentNation.com

A Poem Amor, En Tres Partes by Jake St. John 

One of my favourite blogs, Dani at Touch my Spine Book Reviews Bookish Images 

Writing Tips  Juansen’s blog is full of wonderful poetry and I enjoyed his useful tips. 

Nine ways to cope with rejection Milly’s tongue in cheek post on rejection includes many cat gifs. 

Getting into writing – an interview with Alex and Travis of Burnt Pine Magazine at Zero Flash 

Ghost City press have their first new release of 2018 available for pre-order 

Crooked Arrow Press celebrate their First Issue full of poems. 

Isabelle Kenyon has editing and proofreading packages at affordable prices. Go to her website to find out the details. 

The very talented Dane Cobain, who is a musician, and has written many excellent books, has now turned to YouTube and the book tube community. He makes videos on his opinions of books, and five bookish facts as well. If you go to YouTube and search Dane Reads you’ll be able to view them. 

Short Reviews from a (Somewhat) Fast Reader Written Word World’s reviews (apologies if I got that wrong!)

This link list was going to be short, but it’s spiralled out of control! Oh well. 
If you’ve read anything spectacular recently share in the comments! 


#minireview Charcoal Mist at Cotton Fields Eden Sleepwalker @EdenSleepwalker

Publisher: Amazon

Release Date: December Eleventh 2017

Average Rating: 4.9/5 🌟


Available on KU



Chapter One are poems of our elements: the night, the moon, the sky, the sea. 

Chapter Two is darker, deeper, taking us into the psyche of a mind, with mention of carousels, dollhouses, and dreams. 

“burying words, onto pages

the cover of the darkness of the night,” 

Chapter Three are love poems in a guise of shared possession, such as in Shelters, and The Pulse, an erotic highlight in this chapter.
The imagery coupled with the senses made me shiver with delight. There are fantastic metaphors too, and observations. Unnerving as well in some parts. With a wonderful end note. 

A Raw Meat’s song is a particular highlight, and Each Other’s Eyes is as perfect as a poem can be. 

I also love the illustrations in this book! Eden is a talented woman, for her words and her drawings that make this book a visual pleasure.

“Don’t run into tomorrow

there are plenty of

unexplored trails

hidden in the sky of today,”



Afterlife Melissa Jennings

The Ramblings of a Mad Lord Lord Huey 

Hush your Gums Sheldon Sinnamon 

Amazon’s “100 Books to read in a lifetime” Tag.

The Rules 

  1. Include the link to Amazon’s List
  2. Tag the creator of the meme (Perfectly Tolerable)
  3. Tag and thank the Person that tagged you- That’s me
  4. Copy the list below and indicate which ones you have read
  5. Tally up your total
  6. Comment on the post you were tagged in and let them know how many you read
  7. Tag 5 new people! (And comment on one of their posts to let them know you tagged them)

Title Author                    Read?

  • 1984    George Orwell     Yes
  • A Brief History of Time Stephen Hawking
  • A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius Dave Eggers
  • A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier Ishmael Beah
  • The Bad Beginning Lemony Snicket Yes
  • A Wrinkle in Time Madeleine L’Engle
  • Selected Stories, 1968-1994 Alice Munro
  • Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland Lewis Carroll Yes. One of my favourite ever books.
  • All the President’s Men Bob Woodward
  • Angela’s Ashes: A Memoir Frank McCourt Yes
  • Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret. Judy Blume Yes
  • Bel Canto Ann Patchett
  • Beloved Toni Morrison
  • Born to Run Christopher McDougall
  • Breath, Eyes, Memory Edwidge Danticat
  • Catch-22 Joseph Heller Yes
  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Roald Dahl Yes
  • Charlotte’s Web E. B White  
  • Cutting for Stone Abraham Verghese
  • Daring Greatly Brené Brown
  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid Jeff Kinney No, I have watched the film though, does that count?
  • Dune Frank Herbert
  • Fahrenheit 451 Ray Bradbury
  • Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas Hunter S. Thompson
  • Gone Girl Gillian Flynn
  • Goodnight Moon Margaret Wise Brow
  • Great Expectations Charles Dickens Yes
  • Guns, Germs, and Steel Jared Diamond Ph.D.
  • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone J.K. Rowling Only about a million times 
  • In Cold Blood Truman Capote
  • Interpreter of Maladies Jhumpa Lahiri
  • Invisible Man Ralph Ellison
  • Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth Chris Ware
  • Kitchen Confidential Anthony Bourdain
  • Life After Life Kate Atkinson
  • Little House on the Prairie Laura Ingalls Wilder
  • Lolita Vladimir Nabokov Yes. Creepy story . 
  • Love in the Time of Cholera Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  • Love Medicine Louise Erdrich
  • Man’s Search for Meaning Viktor E. Frankl
  • Me Talk Pretty One Day David Sedaris Yes 
  • Middlesex Jeffrey Eugenides
  • Midnight’s Children Salman Rushdie
  • Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game Michael Lewis
  • Of Human Bondage W. Somerset Maugham
  • On the Road Jack Kerouac Yes 
  • Out of Africa Isak Dinesen
  • Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood Marjane Satrapi
  • Portnoy’s Complaint Philip Roth
  • Pride and Prejudice Jane Austen Yes 
  • Silent Spring Rachel Carson
  • Slaughterhouse-Five Kurt Vonnegut
  • Team of Rivals Doris Kearns Goodwin 
  • The Age of Innocence Edith Wharton
  • The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay Michael Chabon
  • The Autobiography of Malcolm X Malcolm X
  • The Book Thief Markus Zusak Yes. Due for a reread 
  • The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao Junot Díaz
  • The Catcher in the Rye J. D. Salinger Yes
  • The Color of Water James McBride
  • The Corrections Jonathan Franzen
  • The Devil in the White City Erik Larson
  • The Diary of a Young Girl Anne Frank Yes
  • The Fault in Our Stars John Green Yes
  • The Giver Lois Lowry
  • The Golden Compass Philip Pullman Yes
  • The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald Yes
  • The Handmaid’s Tale Margaret Atwood  
  • The House at Pooh Corner A. A. Milne Yes 
  • The Hunger Games Suzanne Collins Yes, unfortunately 
  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks Rebecca Skloot
  • The Liars’ Club Mary Karr
  • The Lightning Thief Rick Riordan
  • The Little Prince Antoine de Saint-Exupéry Sort of. Could never finish this one.
  • The Long Goodbye Raymond Chandler
  • The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11 Lawrence Wright
  • The Lord of the Rings J.R.R. Tolkien Yes
  • The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat Oliver Sacks
  • The Omnivore’s Dilemma Michael Pollan
  • The Phantom Tollbooth Norton Juster
  • The Poisonwood Bible Barbara Kingsolver
  • The Power Broker Robert A. Caro
  • The Right Stuff Tom Wolfe
  • The Road Cormac McCarthy
  • The Secret History Donna Tartt Yes
  • The Shining Stephen King
  • The Stranger Albert Camus Yes
  • The Sun Also Rises Ernest Hemingway
  • The Things They Carried Tim O’Brien
  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar Eric Carle Probably did as a kid
  • The Wind in the Willows Kenneth Grahame Yes
  • The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle Haruki Murakami
  • The World According to Garp John Irving
  • The Year of Magical Thinking Joan Didion
  • Things Fall Apart Chinua Achebe
  • To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee Yes 
  • Unbroken Laura Hillenbrand
  • Valley of the Dolls Jacqueline Susann
  • Where the Sidewalk Ends Shel Silverstein
  • Where the Wild Things Are Maurice Sendak 

28/100! I hadn’t heard of some of the books on this list and there’s a few I just haven’t gotten around to reading yet, so this list caught my eye!

I’m not going to tag anybody, but if you want to join in this tag, feel free.